The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) are separate associations. All inquiries concerning the dental school application service (not the Dental Admission Test) should be directed to AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) at the American Dental Education Association.
AADSAS is available to all students applying to dental schools participating in the program. AADSAS simplifies the application process for students by providing one standardized form, relieving applicants of the need to complete multiple applications. Dental schools benefit by receiving uniform information on all applicants. AADSAS serves as an information clearinghouse, and does not influence any school's appraisal or selection of applicants.
Admission to dental school is competitive; in order to select those schools where your application will have the greatest chance of success, you should review the Official Guide to Dental School available at www.adea.org. This price includes first class postage and applicable sales tax. Please pay by check, money order or Visa/MasterCard and American Express. This publication contains useful information concerning specific dental school prerequisites, financial assistance, the cost of a dental education, the AADSAS Application Service, and other areas of interest to prospective dental students.
If you decide to apply to any of the dental schools participating in AADSAS, you must file your application through AADSAS. There is no charge for the AADSAS Application Materials.
Applying to AADSAS
To initiate your application to any of the schools participating in AADSAS, you may apply in any of the following ways:
- Apply on line (AADSAS-on-the-Web) via the ADEA website at www.adea.org. (Click on AADSAS). New AADSAS applications become available mid-May of every year.
- Download a paper application from the same website.
- Request a paper application by contacting Customer Service Representatives at (800) 353-2237.
Each participating school has its own specific requirements regarding the payment of a separate application fee, if any, and the submission of supplemental materials (such as recommendations, transcripts etc). The additional requirements are listed in the Supplemental Materials section of the AADSAS Instructions. Also, all schools require official DAT scores transcripts from the Department of Testing Services, American Dental Association.
AADSAS Processing Fee
The AADSAS processing fee for 2005 entering class is $195 for the first school and $60 for each additional school up to 10; $50 for each additional school from 11–20; and $25 for each additional school after 20. Requests for additional schools made after your original request has been received are processed for an extra fee. AADSAS fees cover the cost of processing your materials and preparing statistical analyses, which assist both dental educators and pre-dental advisors.